Emerging Theater Technologies

Emerging Theater Technologies

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Emerging Theater Technologies

Emerging Theatre Technologies is a two-year, career education program designed to develop critical skills in stage lighting, live sound reinforcement, stage technology, live event video and project management. With over 75 annual events in venues across Southern California and Hawaii, ETT students will be exposed to and gain hands-on experience with the latest live event technology in multiple specialized technical production areas including theatre, concert touring, theme parks, television, and film.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be competitive candidates for entry-level and high positions in one or more areas of specialty, as well as possess the fundamental tools necessary to transition quickly and effectively into increasingly responsible supervisory capacities.

Areas of employment include:
Theatre Technician
Stage Lighting Programmer
Audio Technician
Concert Lighting and Sound Technician
Production coordinator
Stage Electrician
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Lighting Designer
For further information email Dan Volonte.

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FALL SEMESTER 1

THEA 120 Introduction to Tech for Theatre, TV and Film
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 54 lecture hours
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.
An introduction to the technical areas of lighting, scenery, sound and costumes for theatre, film and television. Field trips include area theatres and studios.

THEA 125 Technical Theatre Production
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours arranged
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.
A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of productions in any of the following: construction crew, scenery crew, properties crew, costume crew, or running crew.

THEA 140 Introduction to Lighting for Theatre, Television and Film
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 54 lecture hours, 36 lab hours arranged
Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 or concurrent enrollment.
Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.
A visual survey through field trips, lecture, video and computer of lighting design for theatre, television, film and concerts.

REC 135 Live Sound Reinforcement
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 72 lab hours
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Co-Requisite(s): REC 105 or THEA 120.
This course focuses on the essential elements of sound reinforcement: acoustics, sound equipment and mixing techniques. Major subject areas are acoustics, microphones, live sound consoles, speakers, placement, mixing and the cumulative effects to the final sonic product.

ett student working on control board for stage lighting at private event

SPRING SEMESTER 1

THEA 126 Technical Theatre Technician or THEA 226 Concert Touring Technician

THEA 126 Technical Theatre Technician
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Prerequisite(s): THEA 125.
A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of live theatre productions in any of the following: lighting crew, sound crew, or rigging and automation crew.

THEA 226 Concert Touring Technician
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) 18 lecture hours, 108 lab hours arranged
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Prerequisite(s): THEA 125.
A course in which students will gain practical experience while participating in a variety of concert productions in any of the following: prep crew, load in crew, running crew, strike crew, lighting crew, or sound crew.

THEA 145 Anatomy of Intelligent Lighting Instruments
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 and THEA 140.
The study, dissection and manipulation of intelligent lighting instruments and their use in various aspects of the entertainment field.

THEA 150 Introduction to Intelligent Lighting Consoles
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 and THEA 140.
The study, manipulation and application of intelligent lighting consoles and their use in various aspects of the entertainment field.

THEA 240 Introduction to Live Video Event Production
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 18 lab hours arranged
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Prerequisite(s): THEA 120 and THEA 140.
An introduction into multi-imaging; digital camera systems; high power video projection from LED scenic video and large screen displays to content delivery systems.

REC 255 Live Sound Workshop
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU) - 54 lecture hours, 72 lab hours
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Prerequisite(s): REC 135.
Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.
This course focuses on further concepts in sound reinforcement; mixing skills, system troubleshooting, sound system design for different types of venues, audio editing for live applications and live recording.

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Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Emerging Theatre Technologies Certificate of Achievement will: 

Increase their ability to speak articulately and listen actively by attending various performance classes and productions, as well as having interactions with faculty and students from other disciplines.

Develop and expand writing skills to broaden communication abilities.

Become proficient in technical theatre and computer-aided design (CAD) through in-class utilization of appropriate design software, to gain the ability to make creative and analytical decisions throughout.

Investigate their personal skill set through research projects, practicum, progressive classroom assignments and varied rehearsal techniques in order to create, evaluate and execute realistic goals.

Develop a variety of learning strategies through an introduction to various theatrical styles and techniques presented by outside professionals and adjunct professors to increase educational flexibility.

Interact with audiences of all ages and backgrounds through touring, public, and outreach performances, to internalize the importance of strong community relationships, citizenship and integrity.

Art History

Art history is the study of visual images in combination with their cultural and historical contexts. Students will learn to analyze visual imagery, examining artworks from a variety of viewpoints, including investigating their aesthetic, historic and cultural functions. Thus, students will come to better understand the important place visual imagery plays in creating, maintaining and challenging cultural norms.

While starting in grade school students are taught how to read critically, they are not taught how to look critically. This seemingly instinctive behavior of looking is taken for granted and the immense effect visual images have on us goes unnoticed. Art history teaches students how to engage with visual imagery and to look critically, changing the way they interact with the visual stimuli inundating their daily lives and developing and enhancing their critical thinking skills. Art history courses prepare students not only for transfer into art and art history programs but also for a diverse range of majors and careers.

For any questions about AA-T in Art History or about the program more generally, please contact Catie Besancon.

Art History

Art history is the study of visual images in combination with their cultural and historical contexts. Students will learn to analyze visual imagery, examining artworks from a variety of viewpoints, including investigating their aesthetic, historic and cultural functions. Thus, students will come to better understand the important place visual imagery plays in creating, maintaining and challenging cultural norms.

While starting in grade school students are taught how to read critically, they are not taught how to look critically. This seemingly instinctive behavior of looking is taken for granted and the immense effect visual images have on us goes unnoticed. Art history teaches students how to engage with visual imagery and to look critically, changing the way they interact with the visual stimuli inundating their daily lives and developing and enhancing their critical thinking skills. Art history courses prepare students not only for transfer into art and art history programs but also for a diverse range of majors and careers.

For any questions about AA-T in Art History or about the program more generally, please contact Catie Besancon.

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